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A selection of CMN's favorite books covering the topics of capital punishment and restorative justice.

Just Mercy Study Guide Preview

Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Bryan Stevenson, the film Just Mercy presents the stunning true story of Walter McMillian, a black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama in 1988 for a crime he did not commit. The film illustrates the structural racism endemic to our capital punishment system, and lays bare how this system devalues and cheapens all human life.

Race and the Death Penalty handout preview

The modern death penalty system in the U.S. arose from our nation's ugly histories of slavery, lynching, and racial violence. To this day, capital punishment is unfairly applied based on race and remains the most punitive practice within a infamously racist criminal legal system.

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Amid a national reckoning on racial injustice, restorative justice principles and practices can offer healing ways of addressing the deep harms of racial oppression and transforming the broken systems which give them rise.

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"Let us not rush to the language of healing, before understanding the fullness of the inquiry and the depth of the wound." A prayer by Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce.

In November 2018, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released its long-anticipated pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. This prayer closes the letter. It is a call for Catholics and all people of goodwill to combat racial injustices with love and unity.

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Visit CMN's annual Respect Life Month Toolkit, featuring dozens of resources for anti-death penalty education, advocacy, and prayer.

Visit this series of thoughtful reflection questions and supplementary resources to explore the Catholic call to uphold the sanctity of life within the U.S. criminal legal system.

Racism is a wound—one that remains unhealed in our society, as evidenced by the modern-day lynching of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Hear how Pope Francis and U.S. Bishops responded to the killing, and learn how we are called to do the same.

In November 2018, the USCCB released a pastoral letter against racism — their first in almost 40 years. Here are five important takeaways from the letter.